7 Foods You Thought Were Healthy, but Aren't ...


We’re all trying so hard to eat more nutritious foods, not just to lose or maintain weight, but to make sure we’re getting everything we need to be healthy and happy.

We eat our five servings of fruits and veggies each day, try to add whole grains when we can, and study nutritional labels… but a few foods slip through the cracks and avoid our scrutiny because we’ve always thought of them as “health foods.” But some are not!

Here’s a list of 7 foods you thought were healthful, but aren’t.

1. Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup

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We’ve all heard, and perhaps even felt, the healing, restorative powers of chicken noodle soup, ideal for curing colds and flus and general malaise.

But did you know it’s loaded with sodium, and can also be filled with fat?

Before you buy a canned soup, check the label and pass if it’s less-than-worthy of your affection (or ingestion).

Instead, make your own, or buy the low-sodium “healthy choice” options.2

2. Bottled Juices and Teas

Bottled Juices and Teas

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You would think fruit juice and iced tea would be a better choice than sodas, but did you know that most of the bottled single-serve juices and teas contain just as much sugar, and very little actual juice or tea?

Again, check the label to see what’s actual in the juice or tea before you buy it.

If it contains high fructose corn syrup, or the “sugars” inside are more than 12g, then you should pass… and grab a bottle of water, or REAL juice, instead.2

3. Sandwiches


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I am a great fan of the sandwich, especially flatbread sandwiches and pita rolls.

But did you know that these aren’t necessarily healthy choices either?

Many lunch meats are loaded with fat and sodium, and tuna and chicken salads can be made with far more mayonnaise than they have to.

Check nutritional information on sandwiches and subs from restaurants, and opt for low-fat mayo (if available) or veggie subs with little or low-fat dressing.2

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